I went around the house pointing out pictures in photo frames of when she was little and smiling so cute on my lap and with her brother. I said "see there is proof that once upon a time you loved me so much and you loved your brother Aj too". My daughter replies with "ummm no I was just smiling a lot because back then I loved to smile". I replied "ummm well why don't you smile now?" She replied "I don't know. I just don't like to smile". GASP .....
I could not believe that a daughter of mine would not like to smile, I mean seriously? How can it be. I went on to explain to my daughter that she should smile because a beautiful smile can go a long way. I also went to say I could weigh 400lbs and no one would notice as long as I had a beautiful smile. She rolled her eyes and said that's not true, but I beg to differ.
I think that beauty holds no weight, holds no boundaries and is more than skin deep. I believe that true beauty is the willingness to simply love life and smile all of the time. That is why I think of others as beautiful or handsome, because of the happiness I feel radiating from their smile and attitude.
So I had to remind my daughter, yet again, what really counts in life - to be happy and let no one bring you down. Maybe, just maybe it sunk in today.